The Cubs release renderings of the new and improved Wrigley Field

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The Cubs have released renderings of the proposed renovations to Wrigley Field. They’re not half bad:

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As you can see, the jumbotron is the most obvious change. Less obvious but perhaps more significant is the alteration to the bleachers. Several rows are to be removed so that a party patio thing and new signage can go there. CSN Chicago has the full rundown of all of the proposed changes (all of the artist’s renderings can be seen here) which include expanded concessions, more accessible concourses, more restrooms, overhauled clubhouses and the like.

It’s ambitious. It’s also pretty necessary. Because while the field itself remains beautiful, everything else about Wrigley is antiquated and/or inconvenient. Changes are necessary. And, if the Cubs can get past expected opposition from the people who own the buildings on Waveland Avenue who have historically enjoyed rooftop views into the park, changes are coming.

Here are the final All-Star voting results before the close of balloting

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All-Star voting ends this Thursday night, just before midnight eastern time. The All-Star teams — at least how they’ll appear before the dozen or two substitutions we’ll get before the game — will be unveiled on Sunday at 7pm on ESPN, just before Sunday Night Baseball.

Which means you still have time to alter these standings, which now stand as the final update before things are set in, well, not stone, but at least some Play-Doh which has been left out of the can too long and is kinda hard to mess with.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Javier Baez made a couple of fantastic plays last night

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Javier Baez is a second baseman. He’s played a good bit of shortstop and, if he played for some other teams, he may be an everyday shortstop, but he’s the Cubs’ second baseman.

With Addision Russell out with some shoulder issues, however, Baez got the call at short last night for the Cubs-Nats game in Washington. It was a good call, as he made a couple of spectacular plays in the field.

First up is this highway robbery of Bryce Harper, who thought he had a base hit. It was a good thought, too, as he hit the ball like a dang rocket:

Later, when Adam Lind was up to bat, he fouled one off behind third base. Baez got on his horse and did this:

That inspired Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper to use the old line the great Harry Kalas used about Garry Maddox: “Two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, the other one-third is covered by Garry Maddox.” It’s a great line, and aptly used to describe Javier Baez’s Monday night.